Stand Out

Jan 10, 2012 |Sam Moorcroft

Giving online dating a chance? Make your profile the best it can be.

Your profile is your first impression in online dating. Enhance your profile with these great tips. First, be specific when filling out your profile rather than writing general responses which are more difficult to relate to. Consider the following answer to what kind of person you are:

I have a good sense of humor, enjoy moonlit walks along the beach and fine dining. I am a godly person.

Now consider the following, more appealing response:

I really enjoy hiking up to a hill near my house, looking out over the city lights and would love to share the view with someone special. I love amusement parks, and there are quite a few within hours' drive from my place. Are you the type of person who likes rollercoasters? I love the excitement and thrill of it all!
I really like the church family at my church, and we have a lot of great times and get-togethers. Would love to have someone special to share in my passion of getting to know God better and sharing His wonders and promises with.
I love talking about advances in science and how they continually point to God's power. What really gets your blood pumping about God or nature?

Also, add a question or two in your answers which others might be able to answer for you. This will offer them the chance they may be looking for to write to you.

Share Your Interests and Passions

If you have interests or things you are passionate about, tell others about them.

If you like gardening; if you like big cats like lions, tigers, hyenas, jaguars, etc; if you really enjoy cooking Thai cuisine or eating Ethiopian food; if you love the NHL Maple Leafs or local rugby team or going to your nephew's Little League games; if you love going to Bible camp and laughing with other Christians and spending time learning more about one another and how we can grow closer to Christ; include this in your profile and tell others why you enjoy it. Mention what has shaped or changed your life. This will help paint a more accurate picture of yourself.

If your passion means that much to you, you will want your mate to at least support you and listen to you as you ramble on about it.

Be careful, however, not to ramble on too much on one topic. You do not want to appear one-dimensional. Save the extra information for your correspondence with others.

Smile When You Write

When we smile and write, it shows. It tells others you are happy and well adjusted, and that you would be an excellent person to share one's life with.

Use your profile to display your sense of humor in a tasteful manner. Humor generates interest. Who wants to meet someone who sounds like they just stubbed their toe? Be aware of how you might appear to others. Take the time to review your own profile. If you were someone else reading your profile, would you want to correspond with you? Smiling and writing does not apply just to your written answers in your profile, but also in the letters you send out to others.

Be Honest

Everyone wants to meet an honest person. Dishonesty is the No. 1 reason relationships fall apart. It is extremely important that you portray yourself in an honest light prior to meeting someone face to face. If you spend too much time trying to be something you think others will be attracted to, it will eventually come back to haunt you and you will have hurt yourself and possibly others in so doing.

So, if you are an impulsive person, tell others you make quick decisions and sometimes not the best ones. Add that you seize the moment.

If you have a tendency to stray from God when things are going well in your life, include this information in your list of personal goals. This indicates that although you have faults, arrogance is not one of them and that you are aware of where you need help in your life. (Someone special might help to keep you on track.)

Do not tell others every bad detail about yourself. Be positive in your profile, even about your faults. You want to show you are honest, but you also want to show your confidence and your sense of humor in life. We all have our faults, and those who dwell on their faults are not fun to be around at the best of times.

In short, dishonesty ruins relationships; honesty, mixed with joy, builds relationships which last.

Take the Initiative

The best way to get mail from others is to send mail yourself. Once you have that new appealing profile created, the next thing you need to do is write to others.

Everyone on the site is waiting to receive mail, so overcome your shyness and send off some letters. Your profile still has to get some attention from the people you want to meet, so get the ball rolling and write to anyone who interests you.

When you write others, be sure to read their profiles so that your letters to them are more personalized. Ask a question or two about them which they can answer for you. This will increase the number of replies you receive. Also, include a few extra details which your profile does not mention. This shows you have depth.

Log into your account as often as you can, and respond to any mail you have received. Those who are online more often, involved in letter writing and make use of all the site has to offer, consistently report making more friends online, including meeting that special someone.


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Copyright 2012 Sam Moorcroft. All rights reserved.

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